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Last Week's Program



Gary Newton was in the role of chair for the first time – and performed with wit and style.
Gary was delighted to welcomed Stan Deans and his wife Carol.
We also welcomed a number of visitors: Alan Hoyle, a guest of Tony Alsop; Stephani Ruschin, Dux of Newcomb Secondary College, and her mother Deborah; Scott Smith from the Newcomb Power Football Club and colleagues Kate and Rhonda; and Honorary member Lyn Fleet.
Announcements, News and Help Required
Our Fifty Years Celebration – Sunday 23 February 2020
This is the date to gather with the members, past members and friends of The Rotary Club of Geelong East in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the club.
That is two days after our actual Charter Anniversary and is the date of Rotary International's birthday.
The venue is The Range at Curlewis Golf Club at 12.00 pm and tickets are $50.00 per head.
Bookings close on 14 February and we are encouraged to book early using the information which will be provided in the email we will shortly receive.
If you have contact details for past members, please provide such to Liz Sykes as soon as possible.
President Tony encouraged members to attend the District Conference to be held in Swan Hill on 20-22 March 2020. Some have already registered.
Bangers at Bunnings
Our next opportunity to feed the masses at Bunnings will be 12 April at the Waurn Ponds store. Details will be provided.
Cottage by the Sea Fundraiser 11 January 2020
David Sykes told the meeting that a group of Geelong East Rotarians have supported the Cottage by the Sea’s main fundraising event for many years. However this year he and others couldn’t attend. Thankfully former GE Rotarian Geoff Coward represented us. Thank you Geoff.
New Dinner Badges anyone?
David called for Rotarians wanting a new dinner badge to indicate this on a list he circulated.
Ballarat South Raffle raised $4,782
James Dunlop reported that ALL 296 raffle books have been sold. $1180 will be forwarded to Ballarat South RC, with Geelong East retaining $4,720, plus $72 in donations. Thus a total of $4,792 was raised.
James thanked Robert Wheeler in particular for his efforts and all members and their friends who assisted in the cause, through wind, rain and burning sun.
Presentation to Dux of Newcomb Secondary College
On behalf of the Youth Committee, Janine Koch, Service Director, presented a cheque for $1,000 to Stephanie Ruschin, Dux of Newcomb College. Stephanie plans to study Occupational Therapy at Deakin University Geelong.
Kerang Rotary Club Inc Art Show 2020 
From Jenny Kelly, Art Show Coordinator 2020 Rotary Club of Kerang Inc.
Following continued success of the Art Show event over the past seventeen years with strong entries and attendances, our Club is once again organising this event which will run on Good Friday 10th April to Easter Sunday 12th April 2020.
Entries of an extremely high standard are received from all parts of Victoria as well as interstate representation. We are again hopeful of similar participation ensuring that this event continues to grow in reputation. It is well worth a visit to Kerang to witness our wonderful display and we would love to see you and make you feel welcome with traditional Rotary hospitality.
I am writing to you to ask your support for our Rotary Club in this endeavour.  I hope you can find time and space within your organization to promote our Art Show to your members & artists. In order to help you do this we have attached an entry form. Simply print and submit by post or email. Payment can be made by posting a cheque or online. Please feel free to photocopy or email the entry form and identification tags as required. I have included a promotional flyer for our event, which I hope you may be able to suitably display.
To facilitate your members and artists participation in the Art Show there are a number of delivery &
collection depots around the state that they may find useful.
With total prizes available of $5,800.00 our Rotary Club believes that many of your members & artists may well be interested and take the opportunity to participate by showcasing their art work and hopefully achieving recognition and sales.
Easter in Kerang and in Gannawarra Shire offers many events and activities including Quilt Show, Kerang Regional parkrun, Horse Races, Markets, Tractor Pull, Tennis, Bowls, Skate Parks, Pools, Forests, Lakes & Waterways & much more. 
Entries close on Friday 27th March 2020.
Our Club Secretary Jenny Acopian has further information and entry forms.
Upcoming Events Coming Up
 Club meeting - Cystic Fibrosis Tues 28 Jan
 No Club meeting Tues 4 Feb
 Committee meetings - offsite Tues 11 Feb
 Celebration of Rotary International and our Club's 50th anniversary celebration Sunday 23 Feb
 District 9780 Conference - Swan Hill 20-22 March 
The Next 3 Weeks

Meeting Roster

Meeting Date
 28 January 4 February
Meeting Topic
 Cystic Fibrosis - Leann Tremul No meeting
  Yannick Le Gall 
 Kris Adam 
  Jenny Acopian 
Room & Hosting
 Liz & Katherine Sykes 
Member Talk
Attendance for the meeting of 21 January
Present: 28
Percentage: 67.44
Apologies: Kris Adam, Bill Bailey, Sue Beretta, Jane Bolton, Allananh Clifford, Peter Gillham, Sue Hill, Adrian Innes, Maxine Leske, Eddie Loughnan, Colin McElhinney, Bill Pratt, Andrew Rofe, Graham Thomson and Terry Thornton.
Honorary Members in attendance: Lyn Fleet
Make Ups: Kris Adam - District Youth Exchange Meeting - Tullamarine (21 January).
Leave of Absence: Stan Deans (1 November to 31 January).

Birthdays: Happy birthday (belated and with apologies from the Bulletin Editor) to Harrie Farnaby for 22 January.
Wedding Anniversaries: None this week.
Rotary Anniversaries: None this week.